Questions tagged [public-domain]

Questions on use and classification of intellectual-property as "public domain"

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How can I release a work into the public domain?

I written a small music composition. I want to make it freely available and disclaim any copyright. How does one release a work into the public domain?
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What are the copyright restrictions regarding USA's icons/monuments?

I'm working on a project that will compile some of the most iconic elements of the United States of America (e.g. Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore, the Navy, the Air Force, the Liberty Bell, the ...
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Does the United Kingdom have any copyfraud legislation?

A quick and (hopefully) simple question: Does the United Kingdom have any Copyfraud legislation? The linked Wiki page shows that the U.S. probably does, but it doesn't seem to be a specific offence ...
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Are national flags in the public domain?

This is a question, for simplicity's sake concerning UN member states. Are the designs of all national flags in the public domain? Are there any examples of copyrights? I'm looking to use flags in ...
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Does being Public Domain absolve the author/creator of liability?

Specifically, I wonder if a programmer publishes some of her own original source code with a clear intention of it being in the public domain rather than under any specific license, can she be held ...
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Check if a book is in the public domain?

How do you go about finding out if copyright on a book is expired? The particular book I'm looking at is from 1923 published in Europe, I live in Canada. Ideally I'd like a method to figure this ...
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Is the Soncino 1961 translation in the public domain?

Come-and-hear (an anti-Semitic drivel website) has the full text of the 1961 Soncino translation of the Babylonian Talmud. They claim it is in the Public Domain since The Babylonian Talmud: When ...
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Can I follow and make the similar to a state document that is open to the public

I am trying to make an Request for Proposal (RFP) and I found a similar one made by the state of NM. The RFP is open to the public; other parts are not as they are confidential. Can I make a similar ...
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Transferring public domain material into a country where it is still in copyright

I've noticed that, in Australia, books created by authors who've died before 1955 are in the public domain. For example, all of George Orwell's works are available from the University of Adelaide: ...
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How can a database derived from copyrighted works be public domain?

I've been using the website RefractiveIndex.INFO to get some optical constants for a physics project. It seems like all the graphs reference a book or some source for the data they contain. For ...
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Is republishing social meta tag's content permissible for commercial use?

Is it legal to do the following (which Facebook and Twitter do for commercial use): embed social meta tag's public content (such as pictures) on a website for commercial use, linking back to the ...
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Public Domain provisions in Norwegian law

According to this, Norway has a "joint collecting society in Norway for musicians, performing artists and phonogram producers", Gramo, that performing artists must pay a levy to Gramo when publicly ...
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What is considered “public” in the context of taking videos or audio recordings?

According to the answers in this question it's legal to photograph someone in public without their consent. I'm assuming the answers still hold true for video or audio recording (such as what can be ...
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Public domain status of works by the state of Texas

Stuff written by employees of the US government as part of their employment are supposed to be public domain simply because they're a US government employee, per Wikipedia. So what about for the ...
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Status of a trademarked but public domain work of fiction

There is a series of books published in the early 20th century. Copyright on at least some of them have expired; they are in the public domain, and are being widely republished. However, the ...
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Are there any restrictions on “Open Access” material?

A video on Wikipedia claims that Open Access articles come with "full reuse rights" (sections 0:04 and 5:38). Are Open Access articles as open as public domain works? Is the definition of the ...
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Does the WTFPL legally disclaim warranties?

Say I make software and release it under the WTFPL. Then, someone uses it and it causes their computer to catch fire. I did not design my program to catch their computer on fire, and in fact it might ...

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